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Warhawk team stays on fire

By Chuck Delsman (Lake Country Reporter)

January 15, 2017 — To say things are going well for the Arrowhead boys hockey team these days would be an understatement. The Warhawks are playing as well as any team in the state right now.

Arrowhead's brilliant run of success continued Jan. 14 when the Warhawks traveled to Fond du Lac and smashed the Cardinals, 6-0. AHS scored three goals in the first period and three more in the second.

The win over Fond du Lac (1-12-2) was the team's 14th straight victory, and it moved the Warhawks' overall record to 15-1. Their only loss came in the second game of the year when they fell to Neenah/Hortonville/Menasha by a 4-3 score.

That ties the second-best start in school history. The 2002-03 team won its first 21 games before losing in the regional finals. The state-championship team from 2008-09 also began the year at 15-1.

"The guys are playing well, no doubt about it," said Arrowhead coach Carl Valimont, who has led the Warhawks to its only two state tournament appearances. "The key to it all so far is that the guys have bought into the system. They know what it takes for us to be successful. We have to share the puck, play as a team. We didn't do a great job of that early in the season but now they're playing together as a team. Like I tell them all the time, one or two guys can't win a hockey game."
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Double Trouble: Beversdorf twins serious problem for opponents

By Chuck Delsman (Lake Country Reporter)

January 10, 2017 — Small in stature, big in heart. There's no better way to describe identical twins Ben and Caleb Beversdorf of the Arrowhead boys hockey team.

At 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds, the Arrowhead seniors might not appear menacing when they take to the ice. But looks can be deceiving. Just ask anyone who's ever played against them.

"The Beversdorf brothers were born 15 years too late," said highly successful Arrowhead coach Carl Valimont. "Had they played with us 15 years ago and with the way the game was called back then, they would have been dynamite. They just love to hit, love to forecheck, love to play the game. The game is called a lot tighter now, so they have to be careful. We need them on the ice, not in the penalty box. They both have done a lot better this year keeping their emotions in check. Both of them are having outstanding seasons."

After winning two more games last week, the Warhawks are off to one of the best starts in program history. Prior to their Classic 8 Conference showdown on Jan. 10 with longtime rival Waukesha, Arrowhead was ranked No. 5 in the state and sported a 13-1 record, a mark that includes a 12-game winning streak. And the Beversdorfs are a big reason for that success.
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Warhawks take home Admirals Cup

By Chuck Delsman (Lake Country Reporter)

December 28, 2016 — To say that the Arrowhead boys hockey team is on a roll right now is an understatement. That was never more apparent than Dec. 28 at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

Taking part in the Milwaukee Admirals Cup championship game against Whitefish Bay/Nicolet/Shorewood, the red-hot Warhawks broke away from a 1-0 lead after the first period and blitzed the Storm by scoring 11 goals in the final two periods en route to an easy 12-3 victory.

Arrowhead, ranked No. 8 in the state, won the Admirals Cup title for the fifth time in the last 10 years. The Warhawks also won for the 10th straight time and improved to an impressive 11-1 on the season. In the last four games, AHS has outscored its opponents by a lopsided 24-6 margin.

"We're scoring a lot of goals right now, and that's taking a lot of pressure off of the defense," said Arrowhead coach Carl Valimont. "Right now, it's really kind of simple. These guys shot a lot of pucks in the offseason, and that hard work is showing right now. Their shots are better, they come harder and we had some really nice goals in the championship game. The bottom line is the guys put a lot of hard work in, and that's showing so far. This is good right now, but we still have a lot of work to do."
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Arrowhead hockey team wins two more, moves to 10-1

By Chuck Delsman (Lake Country Reporter)

December 26, 2016 — The winning continued for the red-hot Arrowhead boys hockey team.

After scoring a 7-4 Classic 8 Conference victory at home on Dec. 23 against Kenosha, the No. 8-ranked Warhawks bounced back in strong fashion on Dec. 26 and scored a come-from-behind 5-2 victory over 13th-ranked Homestead at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in the Milwaukee Admirals Shootout.

The pair of wins gave Arrowhead a nine game winning streak and a record of 10-1. The Warhawks were scheduled to play on Dec. 28 at the Panther Arena in the championship game against Whitefish Bay.

"The guys are playing well and our effort has been consistent all season," said Arrowhead coach Carl Valimont. "We got a nice win today against Homestead. They've got a good team. We fell behind, but the guys showed some resiliency and fought back to get the win. I think we wore them down with our depth. So far, so good. We still have some things to clean up, but the guys are off to a good start."
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Red-hot Arrowhead dominant in win over Sun Prairie

By Chuck Delsman (Lake Country Reporter)

December 20, 2016 — It only took about one minute for the red-hot Arrowhead boys hockey team to impose its will on visiting Sun Prairie on Tuesday night at the Mullett Ice Center.

Actually, it was 74 seconds to be exact.

The Warhawks struck early and often against the Cardinals, exploding for four goals in the first period and rolling to an impressive 5-0 victory over the visitors.

Arrowhead got into the power play just 62 seconds into the game, and 12 seconds later, senior Connor Akers found the back of the net to give his team a quick 1-0 lead. Patrick Berges and Ben Beversdorf assisted on that goal.

But that was only the beginning of a brilliant first period by the No. 8-ranked Warhawks. After the goal by Akers, Arrowhead put three more goals on the Cardinals to take a 4-0 lead after the opening period.

The Warhawks added one more goal in the second period and continued to dominate the time of possession in the final period despite not scoring.
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